Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
, the great chief foreign correspondent richard engel, and his crew are free after being held captive in syria for five days. they were abducted by a group of gunmen after they drove through what they thought was rebel-controlled territory. they escaped during a firefight between their captors and the rebels. and they safely reached turkey today. this morning on the "today" show, engel described the kinds of things he and his crew were subjected to by their kidnappers. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first, and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> mock shootings. richard engel is back with us. he's one of the best reporters around the world regularly risking his life to report from war zones across the middle east. we're very happy he's safe and sound tonight, and we'll be right back. and i'm a chief warrant officer. i love the fact that quicken loans provides va loans. quicken loans understood the details and guided me throug
Dec 19, 2012 2:00am PST
you see a foreign story these guys went through richard engel back in the united states now. "young turks." >> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." it has been four days since the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary school where 26 people were murdered including 20 innocent children. the tears continue today as the coffins of james mattioli and jessica rekos were carried from st. rose of lima roman catholic church to their final resting place. on capitol hill, the pressure continues to mount for legislators to pass meaningful gun legislation. today the brady campaign to prevent gun violence held a press conference in front of the u.s. capitol featuring families whose lives have been affected by gun violence in an effort to make the emotional case for gun control. one of the speakers was a father whose son was in the hallway of sandy hook when the shooting began and was fortunately saved by heroic teacher. >> i'm andre i'm father of bear nikachuk, my son miraculously survived the shooting.